8 Key Factors to Determine if Your Interview went Well

Most of us are not great at evaluating our own interview performance – and the line between overestimating and underrating is thin. Below are a few guidelines to help you navigate the uncertainty.

The interviewer does most of the talking

Sure, they might just love to toot their own horn (and who doesn’t?), but if you can get them to really open up about the company and themselves, than half of the battle is won. If you are asking thoughtful, relevant, non-cookie-cutter questions, you are engaging the interviewer in a meaningful and memorable way.

The interview lasts longer than scheduled

If the conversation is a train wreck or the interviewer has privately decided that you are not a good fit for the role, you will be out of the building on time or perhaps even early. HR reps and hiring managers are busy people who don’t like to waste their time with unqualified talent or just the wrong person for the job in general.

You don’t stumble at challenging questions

Companies want employees who can adapt quickly, synthesise complex information, and work in environments with high levels of uncertainty – anticipating difficult questions is one way you can demonstrate that you are up for the challenge.

You have done your homework

You may have never been quizzed about the minutiae of the company, like the date of founding or the number of employees, but it is always a good idea to do your research about the organisation before heading to the interview. With press releases, social feeds, blogs and company websites providing a ton of information daily, there is no excuse for ignorance here. But don’t just list empty facts and figures: connect the dots in a meaningful and innovative way, and always bring the conversation back to the specific value that you will bring to the table and what impact you can make in the role.

You leave energised

Recruiters see candidates all day and most of them are looking for an engaging and fun interview that will actually put some pep in their steps as they walk away. Maybe you and the interviewer identified a common passion; or you have wrestled with challenging, yet ultimately rewarding, questions. You feel like there are still more questions to ask. There are no guarantees, of course, but this is a sign that you’re a good fit for the position.

The recruiter follows up with you

The recruiter typically knows how the hiring manager feels about you, and they will often ask you how you felt during and after the interview. If the conversation feels short and perfunctory, it may just be a courtesy call. But if the recruiter is asking meaningful questions, they may be getting ready to set up a subsequent interview for you, so make sure to remain tactful, confident, and upbeat at all time.

The interviewer provides direct contact information

Sometimes interviewers will hand out their business cards out of habit or courtesy, but more considerate ones might hold back their contact information if they feel you’re not a great fit. If a hiring manager gives you their card and invites you, in a genuine tone, to reach out to them with any questions, take that as a positive sign – and be sure to take them up on their offer. If you’re (unknowingly) running neck-and-neck with another candidate, following up with a concise and action-based email can make a strong impression and be the differentiating factor that puts you ahead of the pack.

You are invited for another interview

Yes, this one is probably a no-brainer. Sometimes you will be asked to come in for a subsequent interview round because there are other equally qualified candidates or maybe because it is standard HR policy to have a certain number of interview rounds before a formal offer is presented.

Now that you have checked our 8 key factors, I hope you have a better feel for the way your interview went. If you have been placed through Panda international, you can always give a call to your recruiter to see if he/her have heard anything back.


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